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Friday Lineup Card: K is for Knuckleballer

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Andrew Fiorentino

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Friday's Starters
Giants (Madison Bumgarner L) at Cubs (Chris Volstad R), 2:20
Rangers (Ryan Dempster R) at Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez R), 7:05
Rams (Adam Wainwright R) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez L), 7:05
White Sox (Jake Peavy R) at Tigers (Doug Fister R), 7:05
Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez R) at Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda R), 7:05
Rays (Jeremy Hellickson R) at Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow R), 7:07
Mets (R.A. Dickey K) at Marlins (Nate Eovaldi R), 7:10
Phillies (Roy Halladay R) at Braves (Mike Minor L), 7:35
Reds (Mike Leake R) at Astros (Fernando Abad L), 8:05
Twins (Cole De Vries R) at Royals (Will Smith R), 8:10
Pirates (Jeff Karstens R) at Brewers (Mark Rogers R), 8:10
Padres (Clayton Richard L) at Rockies (Alex White R), 8:40
Red Sox (Aaron Cook R) at Athletics (Brandon McCarthy R), 10:05
Angels (Dan Haren R) at Mariners (Kevin Millwood R), 10:10
Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill R) at Dodgers (Aaron Harang R), 10:10

(Yes, K is for knuckleballer. I've wanted to do that all season.)

Day Game After Night Game: SF

Injuries

Day-to-Day
Matt Kemp, OF, LAD (face/knee) Out again Thursday, but could return Friday
Shaun Marcum, SP, MIL (calf) Left Thursday with cramping; wasn't pitching too well either
Neil Walker, 2B, PIT (back) Feeling better, but out a few days yet
Bud Norris, SP, HOU (finger) Expected to make next start after leaving last time with blister
Rafael Furcal, SS, STL (elbow) Left Thursday with elbow injury
Matt Joyce, OF, TB (forearm) Back in at DH on Thursday
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA (groin) Expected back in Friday
Jarrod Dyson, OF, KC (shoulder) Out Thursday with soreness
Domonic Brown, OF, PHI (knee) Not a serious issue; he should be back in there soon
Tyler Flowers, C, CHW (personal) Having a kid; back this weekend

Disabled List
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, NYY (hand) Looked good in BP Wednesday; back in about 10 days
Lance Berkman, 1B, STL (knee) Will be activated Saturday
Chad Billingsley, SP, LAD (elbow) Fears/rumors that he could be done for the season
Huston Street, RP, SD (calf) Likely to be activated Sunday
Carlos Ruiz, C, PHI (foot) Hopes to start rehab trip next week
Chris Carpenter, SP, STL (shoulder) Felt good after Tuesday bullpen; back next year
Vance Worley, SP, PHI (elbow) Surgery to remove loose bodies; expected back for spring training
Eric Young Jr., OF, COL (ribs) Intercostal feeling better, but not cleared for baseball activities yet
Peter Bourjos, OF, LAA (wrist) 5-for-14 over first three rehab games; expected back Monday
Nate Schierholtz, OF, PHI (toe) Will be activated Saturday
Nick Johnson, 1B, BAL (wrist) Not expected back this season
Andy Pettitte, SP, NYY (leg) Will throw off a mound this weekend; trying to rush back if possible
Joe Thatcher, RP, SD (knee) Threw a perfect inning in rehab game Wednesday; hopes to return this weekend
Brad Penny, RP, SF (shoulder) Will be a Sept. 1 call-up
Jason Frasor, RP, TOR (forearm) Will pitch final rehab game Thursday and be activated Saturday
Pedro Feliciano, RP, NYY (shoulder) Will make rehab start Friday; seems likely to be an inning

Transactions

Placed on DL
Denard Span, OF, MIN (shoulder)

Activated from DL
Matt Guerrier, RP, LAD

Optioned to Triple-A
Dylan Axelrod, SP, CHW
Zach Stewart, SP, BOS
Zach Britton, SP, BAL
Dallas Keuchel, SP, HOU
Josh Wall, RP, LAD

Called Up
Dan Bard, RP, BOS
Jose Lopez, 2B, CHW
Hector Gimenez, C, CHW
Matt Dominguez, 3B, HOU

Released
Gregory Infante, RP, DET

Closer Watch

Dodgers Kenley Jansen is having heart problems and is out indefinitely maybe for the year. (Feel better, man.) In the meantime, Ronald Belisaro got a five-out save Wednesday and could hold the closer's job for the duration of the season. Brandon League could theoretically be an option as well, as someone who has prior experience closing, but considering he's been even worse with the Dodgers than he was with Seattle a much worse team that removed him from the closer's role in favor of Tom Wilhelmsen, who is a good pitcher, but was on no one's list of closer handcuffs it seems decidedly unlikely. Other dark horses include Randy Choate and, once he gets healthy, displaced early-season closer Javy Guerra.

Brewers Francisco Rodriguez has managed to blow seven of 10 save chances this year in an impressive convergence of opportunity and failure. The latest came Thursday, when he entered with a two-run lead and proceeded to record only one out while giving up four hits and three runs. K-Rod had rattled off eight straight scoreless outings and flashed moments of brilliance while doing it, but that came to an abrupt end. Jon Axford had collected saves the prior two days, so he was probably unavailable, and he's likely to continue holding the role despite being just as awful as K-Rod. Jim Henderson collected a hold while pitching a scoreless eighth, but walked two, and amazingly, his 1.61 WHIP is even worse than K-Rod's 1.54. Only true desperation should drive you into the arms of Brewers closers this season.

KEY MATCHUPS: HOT

Hot Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Starlin Castro - SS CHC vs SF
8/31 2:20 PM
Madison Bumgarner 5-12 .417 0 1 1 0 2 .500 .417 .917
Hunter Pence - OF SF @ CHC
8/31 2:20 PM
Chris Volstad 5-14 .357 0 0 0 1 2 .357 .400 .757
Pablo Sandoval - 3B SF @ CHC
8/31 2:20 PM
Chris Volstad 4-10 .400 1 1 2 0 4 .700 .400 1.100
Carlos Lee - OF MIA vs NYM
8/31 7:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 8-21 .381 1 4 5 0 2 .667 .381 1.048
Michael Bourn - OF ATL vs PHI
8/31 7:35 PM
Roy Halladay 3-10 .300 1 1 1 0 2 .600 .300 .900
Chipper Jones - 3B ATL vs PHI
8/31 7:35 PM
Roy Halladay 7-13 .538 2 5 2 0 1 1.231 .538 1.769
Brian McCann - C ATL vs PHI
8/31 7:35 PM
Roy Halladay 7-20 .350 0 2 0 1 2 .450 .381 .831
Dan Uggla - 2B ATL vs PHI
8/31 7:35 PM
Roy Halladay 10-25 .400 3 4 6 1 7 .840 .423 1.263
Ryan Braun - OF MIL vs PIT
8/31 8:10 PM
Jeff Karstens 6-22 .273 2 4 3 2 2 .682 .360 1.042
Aramis Ramirez - 3B MIL vs PIT
8/31 8:10 PM
Jeff Karstens 5-13 .385 2 2 4 0 2 .846 .385 1.231
Rickie Weeks - 2B MIL vs PIT
8/31 8:10 PM
Jeff Karstens 4-21 .190 3 3 6 0 5 .619 .190 .810
Stephen Drew - SS OAK vs BOS
8/31 10:05 PM
Aaron Cook 13-38 .342 0 6 3 2 2 .579 .390 .969
Jonny Gomes - OF OAK vs BOS
8/31 10:05 PM
Aaron Cook 7-14 .500 3 4 6 0 2 1.214 .500 1.714
Miguel Montero - C ARI @ LAD
8/31 10:10 PM
Aaron Harang 7-14 .500 1 2 1 1 2 .786 .533 1.319
Chris Young - OF ARI @ LAD
8/31 10:10 PM
Aaron Harang 6-17 .353 3 3 5 2 3 .882 .421 1.303
Alberto Callaspo - 3B LAA @ SEA
8/31 10:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 5-15 .333 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667
Torii Hunter - OF LAA @ SEA
8/31 10:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 17-42 .405 2 7 13 1 5 .667 .419 1.085
Kendrys Morales - 1B LAA @ SEA
8/31 10:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 5-12 .417 1 2 4 1 2 .750 .467 1.217
Hot Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Adam Wainwright STL @ WAS
8/31 7:05 PM
Nationals Batters 18-80 .225 3 9 12 3 21 .413 .258 .671
Jake Peavy CWS @ DET
8/31 7:05 PM
Tigers Batters 19-91 .209 0 5 7 9 30 .260 .278 .538
Brandon Morrow TOR vs TB
8/31 7:07 PM
Rays Batters 17-95 .179 2 5 4 18 36 .292 .313 .606
R.A. Dickey NYM @ MIA
8/31 7:10 PM
Marlins Batters 17-68 .250 1 7 6 1 15 .397 .261 .658

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KEY MATCHUPS: COLD

Cold Batter Matchups At-Bats AVG HR XBH RBI BB K SLG OBP OPS
Angel Pagan - OF SF @ CHC
8/31 2:20 PM
Chris Volstad 1-13 .077 0 1 2 0 1 .154 .071 .225
Nate McLouth - OF BAL @ NYY
8/31 7:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 2-12 .167 0 1 1 0 1 .250 .417
Mark Reynolds - 3B BAL @ NYY
8/31 7:05 PM
Hiroki Kuroda 4-21 .190 0 0 4 1 9 .190 .227 .418
A.J. Pierzynski - C CWS @ DET
8/31 7:05 PM
Doug Fister 0-11 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Miguel Cabrera - 3B DET vs CWS
8/31 7:05 PM
Jake Peavy 4-26 .154 0 0 2 3 11 .154 .241 .395
Jhonny Peralta - SS DET vs CWS
8/31 7:05 PM
Jake Peavy 3-16 .188 0 2 2 0 3 .313 .176 .489
Jayson Werth - OF WAS vs STL
8/31 7:05 PM
Adam Wainwright 2-11 .182 1 1 4 0 4 .455 .167 .621
Matt Joyce - OF TB @ TOR
8/31 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 2-14 .143 0 0 1 1 6 .143 .188 .330
B.J. Upton - OF TB @ TOR
8/31 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 2-18 .111 0 1 0 4 10 .167 .273 .439
Ben Zobrist - 2B TB @ TOR
8/31 7:07 PM
Brandon Morrow 3-21 .143 0 1 0 3 9 .190 .250 .440
Greg Dobbs - 3B MIA vs NYM
8/31 7:10 PM
R.A. Dickey 2-10 .200 0 1 0 0 3 .400 .200 .600
Martin Prado - OF ATL vs PHI
8/31 7:35 PM
Roy Halladay 2-16 .125 0 0 0 2 5 .125 .222 .347
Corey Hart - OF MIL vs PIT
8/31 8:10 PM
Jeff Karstens 2-19 .105 0 1 0 1 5 .158 .150 .308
Dexter Fowler - OF COL vs SD
8/31 8:40 PM
Clayton Richard 2-19 .105 0 0 0 3 6 .105 .227 .333
Justin Upton - OF ARI @ LAD
8/31 10:10 PM
Aaron Harang 2-16 .125 0 1 0 1 3 .188 .176 .364
Maicer Izturis - 3B LAA @ SEA
8/31 10:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 3-19 .158 0 0 2 1 3 .158 .190 .348
Albert Pujols - 1B LAA @ SEA
8/31 10:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 2-14 .143 1 2 2 0 2 .429 .143 .571
Vernon Wells - OF LAA @ SEA
8/31 10:10 PM
Kevin Millwood 5-28 .179 2 3 5 1 4 .429 .207 .635
Juan Rivera - OF LAD vs ARI
8/31 10:10 PM
Trevor Cahill 1-15 .067 0 1 1 3 2 .133 .222 .356
Franklin Gutierrez - OF SEA vs LAA
8/31 10:10 PM
Dan Haren 3-18 .167 0 0 1 0 4 .167 .167 .333
John Jaso - C SEA vs LAA
8/31 10:10 PM
Dan Haren 2-10 .200 1 1 1 2 1 .500 .333 .833
Miguel Olivo - C SEA vs LAA
8/31 10:10 PM
Dan Haren 0-12 .000 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000
Justin Smoak - 1B SEA vs LAA
8/31 10:10 PM
Dan Haren 1-13 .077 0 0 1 1 4 .077 .143 .220
Cold Pitcher Matchups At-Bats Opp
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Doug Fister DET vs CWS
8/31 7:05 PM
White Sox Batters 22-62 .355 0 5 7 3 6 .445 .383 .828
Roy Halladay PHI @ Atl
8/31 7:35 PM
Braves Batters 43-143 .301 9 16 23 8 32 .534 .334 .868
Aaron Cook BOS @ Oak
8/31 10:05 PM
Athletics Batters 25-67 .373 3 11 12 3 7 .664 .406 1.070
Aaron Harang LAD vs Ari
8/31 10:10 PM
Diamondbacks Batters 24-81 .296 6 9 8 7 19 .561 .361 .923


Recommended Pickup
Michael Saunders, OF, SEA This doesn't come without some risk, as Saunders has missed the last several games with a groin injury, but he's "really close" to getting back in the lineup, according to Eric Wedge, and Saunders was piling up some under-the-radar fantasy numbers before the injury. He's collected hits in six of his last seven games, totaling four homers and two steals in that period. He's got 14 bombs, 18 steals and 60 runs this season, and though his average hasn't been there all year, he was starting to build it up in that little streak, raising it from .237 to .246. Just two years ago, Saunders was considered the game's No. 30 prospect by Baseball America. The previous season, he'd hit .310/.378/.544 with 13 homers in 64 Triple-A games. Health has always been an issue, but his power-speed combo remains intact.

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